ASAP Connections

Local Food. Strong Farms. Healthy Communities

The Joys and Challenges of Starting a New Farm

Starting a new farm from scratch is a big undertaking. Deciding what to grow, where to sell it, and tackling the unpredictability of farming can be a challenge. Yet many new and beginning farmers are finding their way in Western […]Read More ▶▶


Chef Finds Inspiration at Winter Market

It’s a rainy Saturday morning outside Asheville City Market. Buses and cars splash water on the curb, but for one local chef, this dreary February day brings plenty of inspiration. “Hey, my name is Graham House. I’m the chef at […]Read More ▶▶


Winter Knowledge Brings Spring Growth

If you want to make local food a bigger part of your life, winter is a good time to start. Chilly winter days are ideal for building new skills and connections, like shopping for fresh greens at the farmers market […]Read More ▶▶


A Sip of Summer – Local Beer

When the temperature dips, it’s tempting to dream about the fruits of summer. Strawberries and blueberries seem like distant memories, unless you open up a bottle of local beer. Many breweries in Western North Carolina rely on farmers to provide […]Read More ▶▶


I Want to Share my Food with Everyone

The foods we eat as children often bring back the strongest memories. Even the humblest meals can be touchstones of culture and community. Sometimes these memories are even stronger for immigrants, for whom food is a powerful connection to the […]Read More ▶▶


Join a CSA for Fun and Flavor

Have you ever wished that a box of vegetables would appear in your kitchen each week? A CSA – or Community Supported Agriculture – lets you bring home fresh, seasonal ingredients for a week’s worth of local meals. Many farmers […]Read More ▶▶


CSA Season is Almost Here!

During the depths of winter, it can feel invigorating to think about the abundance of fruits and vegetables to come. Spring lettuce is on its way soon, and tomato seeds are glimmers of hope that summer will arrive again. CSAs […]Read More ▶▶


Community Stories: Why Local Food Inspires Us

A few months ago, ASAP hosted an event called the Local Food Experience. There were tons of fresh food and local farmers, and we set up a storybooth outside. It started to rain toward the end of the night, and […]Read More ▶▶


Looking Back on 10 Years of Farming

Of all the jobs in the world, why would someone choose farming? For some people, it’s a desire to keep a multi-generational farm up and running. For others, it’s a childhood passion that became a career. For Sara Jane Davis, […]Read More ▶▶


Shop Local at Holiday Markets

The holiday season is in full swing here in Western North Carolina, and farmers markets are bustling with locals and visitors looking for holiday gifts. We ran into two customers at Asheville City Market who agreed to let us follow […]Read More ▶▶


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